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Chain O' Lakes Festival Parade

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I've been meaning to show some pics from our parade, but I've been so busy -- and I'm having trouble narrowing them down, but I finally bit the bullet. Basically, it's just your typical midwestern parade anyway, so if you've seen one marching band you've pretty much seen them all ...


Well, you start a parade -- at least, in Indiana -- with police cars and fire trucks. Here's our 1929 truck, Albion's first gasoline powered apparatus -- luckily no longer in service. The may not be able to guess, so I'll tell you the dog on the back isn't real.

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Instead of showing the Festival Queen -- that's SO been done -- I'm showing two of the Princesses. The one on the right would be -- ahem -- my daughter.

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The Lion's Club float, which I'm showing because my other daughter did a lot of the work on its posters. Like the previous dog, the lion's also not real. Just so you know.

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These gentlement returned from Iraq just three days before the parade; naturally, they got the biggest applause of the day. But, as a reminder of the cost of freedom, the lady on the back is an Albionite who lost her son.

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The Grand Marshals, a local businessman and his wife, were brought to the reviewing stand by a one horsepower vehicle. Not very fast, but it gets over 30 miles to a bale of hay.

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The Cub Scout Troop I was in. Insert your own Brownie and/or age joke here.

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One of our local businessmen restores antique military equipment as a hobby. This one not only saw action, but was also in some movies. I'm not sure how the Klan who were sneaking around town with their flyers felt about the black kid manning the .50 cal, but no Nazi soldiers were injured during the making of this parade.

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An antique John Deere tractor -- we're big on antiques, here. When I was a kid one of these was used in fields all around my house, so its distinctive chug makes me very nostalgic.

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The end of the parade, so to speak, was brought up by the Scooper Brigade. Let's face it, the horses had to go somewhere ...

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curiouswombat
Jun. 21st, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Looks fun - thanks for sharing.

I'm glad you pointed out that the lion wasn't real, or I'd have been worried about all of you!
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Seeing as how we have real lions (and tigers, and bears) here in Albion, it's important that people know the difference. :-)
curiouswombat
Jun. 21st, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Lions and tigers and bears? Oh my!
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
And llamas, and apes, and sometimes elephants, and slithery little things that have names but I don't stick around long enough to find them out ...
spikeslovebite
Jun. 21st, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well, you start a parade -- at least, in Indiana -- with police cars and fire trucks.

And God those sirens are LOUD!! LOL

I'm such a sap for these small town parades lol I remember when I was growing up in Russiaville that we had one every spring to announce the beginning of Little League season, and even tho we had to walk for blocks it was like being a big celebrity!

Am I right in thinking that the Albion fire truck has been in the Haynes-Apperson Festival Parade before?
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Sadly, we no longer use the sirens -- too many complaints from the very old and the parents of the very young, and they also interferred with the announcements coming from the reviewing stand. Some of us miss them more than others -- me, I'm not a big fan of loud noise. Considering we usually have more than two dozen fire trucks and police cars in the parade, we're probably better off without.

I don't believe the '29 has been outside of Noble County for parades, at least not in the last 25 years or so ... we don't have a trailer to load it onto, and it's getting a bit too long on the tooth to be tooling around by itself. Mostly it just comes out once a year for our parade -- although the little guy will still pump water! But I'm sure the Buffalo Fire Apparatus Company made a lot of fire trucks, and it would be neat to think ours has a twin still running around somewhere.
sunshine_tears
Jun. 21st, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you did get a pic of Nancy. I keep forgetting to ask her Dad which float she was with. :(
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
It's possible -- there weren't that many floats! Find out, and if I have a pic I'll e-mail it to you.
sunshine_tears
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
w00t, you rawk my socks, yo.
cbtreks
Jun. 21st, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Now you're making me wish I was in Bremen in a couple of weeks for the parade and the Firemen's Festival. Tilt-a-whirls and elephant ears. Mmmmm!

(What's that absolutely beautiful building in the last pic?)
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Elephant ears ... yum!
That's the 105 year old Noble County Courthouse, which sits smack in the middle of Albion, which was built in the 1800's after a vote to make "Center" the Noble County seat. There was no town at the time, but the majority thought the exact center of the county made sense as a place to put the capital. A bit of connected trivia: Since Albion was split by two townships, they took a small bit of each and made a new one -- Albion Township -- which is the smallest township in the United States.
kazzy_cee
Jun. 21st, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
I love parades. The weather doesn't look too hot either! Lookit the pretty horsie!!! Is that the townhall in the background of the last picture??

Sorry - feeling a bit 'random' with the questions because I'm tired...
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with a little randomness! The weather was perfect -- we'd expected some storms, but a giant magic hand held them off to the west all day and all the night before. It was overcast enough that the sun wasn't a problem, and not too warm. Traditionally, it's either very hot or raining during the Festival, so we were all thankful.

The building is the Noble County Courthouse, which is at the geographic center of Noble County and Albion (see the answer to the above post!) It's received national attention for its beauty and design, and we're all justifiably proud of it. I was standing with my daughters in front of the pharmacy where my oldest works (she lives upstairs), which is right across the street. It wasn't until I started taking pictures that I realized I was facing into the sun, but they stilll came out pretty well.
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Elephant ears ... yum!
That's the 105 year old Noble County Courthouse, which sits smack in the middle of Albion, which was built in the 1800's after a vote to make "Center" the Noble County seat. There was no town at the time, but the majority thought the exact center of the county made sense as a place to put the capital. A bit of connected trivia: Since Albion was split by two townships, they took a small bit of each and made a new one -- Albion Township -- which is the smallest township in the United States.
ozma914
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with a little randomness! The weather was perfect -- we'd expected some storms, but a giant magic hand held them off to the west all day and all the night before. It was overcast enough that the sun wasn't a problem, and not too warm. Traditionally, it's either very hot or raining during the Festival, so we were all thankful.

The building is the Noble County Courthouse, which is at the geographic center of Noble County and Albion (see the answer to the above post!) It's received national attention for its beauty and design, and we're all justifiably proud of it. I was standing with my daughters in front of the pharmacy where my oldest works (she lives upstairs), which is right across the street. It wasn't until I started taking pictures that I realized I was facing into the sun, but they stilll came out pretty well.
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ozma914
Jun. 22nd, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
I should have posted a few more of the horse pics, just for you -- but I'd already reduced the size of the pictures I did use by half, and I was afraid I'd crash someone's computer!
cordelianne
Jun. 22nd, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing! I love all the antique vehicles. And Jillian looks beautiful! *g*
ozma914
Jun. 22nd, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
Well of *course* she does. :-)
myfeetshowit
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad your parade finished before all those storms hit. Mother Nature must have been holding back just for Albion.
ozma914
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
It seemed that way. I watched a very large area of rain sit in western Indiana/eastern Illinois for almost a day and a half without moving, when we should have been right in its sights. Very odd, but welcomed.
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